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My Little Pony: The Art of Equestria Hardcover – October 13, 2015
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It includes a Foreward by Jayson Thiessen, explaining the general mindset of how the team at DHX goes about designing the show and an interview with Lauren Faust. While I don't believe the interview contains any new information, it was a fun read nonetheless. It does, however, have a lot of concept art from when she was figuring out what to do with the show. The ones I enjoyed the most had scribbles of notes next to them. One of my personal favorites were doodles of visual images related to magic (presumably for Twilight's cutie mark) where it lists and shows things like a wizard's hat, stars and moon, black cat, then a pentagram (sans circle) with the note under it reading "(yeah right)". Another is various sketches of Applejack, with a note from Lauren between: "I can't draw cowboy hats. :("
There's a mountain of beautiful layout art for backgrounds, color studies, storyboard art, and concept sketches; most often broken down into specific characters and setting. There's even a few specific episodes showing breakdown between what had been storyboarded and the final scene. Mixed in are comments from Jayson Thiessen, "Big" Jim Miller, Rebecca Dart, and other Hasbro and DHX senior staff.
Often art books, especially for ongoing series, only contain content from early seasons, but this book contains art and characters as recent as episode 14 of season 5. Prince Rutherford of Yakyakistan even has his own small section, where you finally can get a good look at his eyes.
At the end, there is a small interview from Matt Mattus discussing the fandom and the impact on the show it's had, followed by a message from WeLoveFine and examples of the fan art now seen on t-shirts and other products.
It is an excellent book that is as in-depth (sometimes even more so) than any of the Disney or Pixar "art of" books I own. The only nit-pick I have is that, while credited in a list at the end of the book, I really wish they would have credited the artists exactly where their work shows up. The fan art is individually credited, so I am not quite sure why they couldn't have done so for the DHX artists.
Any fan of the show or even animation fan in general that has interest in what goes on in the concept and design process will love this book!
In fact this maybe my New favorite book.
Beware: contents contain weapons of mass cuteness!
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It gives you a look behind the scenes at the show (and what went into it) as well as showing cool, rare "prototype" art...Read more
I don't even watch this show, but I do appreciate great stylized art.Read more